Behind The Baton
is for conductors in the world of music education, and/or community or civic band, orchestra, and chorus. With more than 50 years of conducting experience, nationally known composer/arranger Peter Hazzard has always treated his ensembles, be they high school and college students or adults, as professionals. Allowances made for their age and abilities, he gives them respect and expects the same from them. The tips and suggestions offered in this book cover chorus, band and orchestra including rehearsal techniques, programming and the standard set up of a concert program. It is in the spirit of 'paying it forward' that this book was written.
Behind the Baton is not only a clever title but is also an indication of the substance and wisdom of the writer. Read, rehearse, reflect, repeat. There is much value here not just for the novice. Veterans will find themselves saying, "Why didn't I do this before?"
H. Scott Campbell, Retired Choral Director and Director of Performing Arts - Farmington, CT Public Schools.
This book is chock full of great, useful ideas for the beginning conductor. Experienced conductors will get validation for much of what they know already, plus many new ideas.
Thomas R. Martin, Musical Director, Conductor, Composer, Educator, Pianist - Keene, NH